Saturday, February 4, 2012


I didn't have a lot of time but needed some lunch.  I noticed Ramen Walker listed a place I had passed before a bit to the west.  I don't usually head in that direction, so although Fujii wasn't far, it gave me a chance to go see a random station on the loop line.

中華そば ふじい
Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Naniwa-ku, Shiokusa, 3丁目9−19
Fujii is just outside Ashiharabashi Station on the north side.

The Bowl
Before I had tried all these nouveaux and deep bowls, this is the kind of bowl that came to mind when I thought of shoyu ramen.  Fujii's broth was thin and salty, but just the right amount - I never felt like I couldn't drink any more of the soup until just about when I finished it.  The onions added some flavor as well, and they stuck well to the thin, long noodles.  Other toppings in the bowl were chashu and menma, both of which were decent but neither of which stood out.

Would I Go Again?
This place was pretty cheap, and unlike a lot of ramen places, left me feeling just the right amount of full and refreshed afterwards.  It's been a while, but I think I preferred this place to shoyu shop of note Kadoya Shokudo.

Should You Go?
It's pretty good, but it's annoyingly out of the way.  I've heard a lot of foreigners live in Bentencho, so if you are one of them, take a walk and check out Fujii.

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